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The corporate bond market bottomed out, but recently there has been a bit of a rally. Many companies will survive, but a few will default. Although there is still some money to be made, all of the gravy - the easy money - is already gone. The moves now will be much more selective.
The deposit rate right now is 0%. People who were careful and saved their money aren't getting any return. This is essentially theft from honest people by the Fed and the Treasury. They are forced to speculate with their money in order to get any return, where it is more likely that they will actually lose money.
Gold has rallied from 1999 until the present. In an environment where equities and bonds perform poorly, gold typically does very well. It is a flight to safety, in which people recognize that gold is the ultimate cash. However, as long as equities continue to go up, then people have less interest in gold. If you want gold, make sure that you hold it yourself. Governments have proven in the past that they are dishonest and they will take your gold away from you.
Governments around the world have enough money to make weapons and to kill each other, but not enough money to feed their people. It is truly a tragedy. A sixth of the world population goes to bed hungry every night.
Mining stocks are currently relatively inexpensive. There are lots of stocks that still have some potential on the upside. However, this only applies to stocks. The indicies are probably all overbought. It may also be a good time to begin looking at real estate all over the world. The government will keep printing money, and as the economy gets worse, they will continue to print money. Bush was a complete disaster, and now we have Obama, who is also a disaster.